The Book vs the Movie (TV Show): Dexter

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Book written by Jeff Lindsay, 2004
Movie developed by James Manos, Jr., 2006

Synopsis from Goodreads.com:

Meet Dexter, a polite wolf in sheep’s clothing…a monster who cringes at the site of blood…a serial killer whose one golden rule makes him immensely likable: “he only kills bad people.”

Dexter Morgan isn’t exactly the kind of man you’d bring home to Mom. Though he’s playful and has a wonderfully ironic sense of humor, Dexter’s one character flaw (his proclivity for murder) can be off-putting. But at heart Dexter is the perfect gentleman, supportive of his sister, Deb, a Miami cop, and interested only in doing away with people who really deserve his special visit. Dex is quite good-looking but totally indifferent to (and, frankly, a bit puzzled by) the attentions paid to him by women. Despite the fact that he can’t stand the sight of blood, he works as a blood-spatter analyst for the Miami police department, a job that allows him to keep tabs on the latest crimes and keep an eye open for his next quarry.

Dexter’s well-organized life is suddenly disrupted when a second, much more visible serial killer appears in Miami. Dex is intrigued, even delighted, by the fact that the other killer appears to have a style reminiscent of his own. Yet he can’t help but feel that the mysterious new arrival is not merely invading his turf, but reaching out to him as well. This new killer seems to be doing more than copying Dexter—he seems to be saying, “Come out and play.” Dexter’s secret life makes for a lonely existence…even a lovable monster can be intrigued by the prospect of finding a friend.

Introducing one of the most witty and original narrators in years, Jeff Lindsay’s Darkly Dreaming Dexter is a fresh, surprising, and brilliantly executed novel that is sure toreceive wide acclaim

Picture Source: Goodreads.com
Picture Source: Goodreads.com

VS

Picture Source: Wikipedia.com
Picture Source: Wikipedia.com

Which I Viewed First: The TV show.

Which I Enjoyed Most: The TV show.

Out of 5 stars, the Book Gets: The first book, which the series is based on and loosely follows, gets 3 stars.

Out of 5 stars, the TV Show Gets: 4.5 stars (as much as I wanted to give this 5 stars, the ending ticked me off).

Things the Book Did Better: Getting inside Dexter’s head.

Things the TV Show Did Better: The cast, especially Micheal C. Hall, is so superb that it made the show much better than the book. I also really love the music–it goes well with whatever is going on. The plot (minus the ending of the series) also seemed more interesting than the books (I read the first three).

Verdict?: The TV Show.

Why?: The TV Show was more enjoyable. I like that they not only focused on Dexter and his family, but also on his co-workers.

Should the TV Show be re-made or a movie made?: Nah.

What do you think? Agree, disagree? Would love to hear your thoughts!

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If you would like to see a comparison I did once I finished the book series as well as the show, please click the image below.

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